- Hello Jeff - Could African Swine Fever Virus and
HHV6 be among some viruses manipulated to cause both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
and HIV/Aids? Maybe so, when you take into consideration some facts.
- Fact 1 - Plum Island Entomologist Dr. Richard Ennis
admitted that in the 1980s he and his team did infect ticks with African
Swine Fever Virus and exposed laboratory pigs to the infected ticks. They
were trying to see if ticks could spread African Swine Fever to pigs.
- Fact 2 - The research team of Dr. Jane Teas, a Harvard
researcher and Dr. John Beldekas, a Boston University Scientist and their
team found African Swine Fever Virus in patients with Aids.
- Fact 3 - After noting the finding of African Swine Fever
Virus in Aids patients and other findings, a group of scientists gathered
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
(on Long Island) issued a memorandum that no further research should be
performed to test the ASFV hypothesis. WHY? Stopping research that is
bearing fruit is unprecedented and implies government cover up. This also
backs up the theory of others that HIV/Aids IS manmade and African Swine
Fever Virus and HHV6 may play a role in both CFS and HIV/Aids. Why stop
the research? They were getting too close, obviously.
- Was Cold Spring Harbor (one of the labs that played a
big role in the Huntsville Texas Mystery Illness and illegal experimentation
of prisoners that went on for decades at the prison) covering up for Plum
Island and Ft. Detrick?
- For Chapter 50
- Chapter Fifty
- A Virus That Causes An "Acquired Immune Deficiency
Syndrome" in Pigs May Be The Real Cause Of CFS And AIDS
- It may seem silly to look at a pig illness to identify
the cause of CFS, but it really isn't. Pigs and humans pass viruses back
and forth all the time; in fact, flu viruses change from year to year because
they pass from people to pigs and back again and in so doing, mutate, or
- There is an illness of pigs, African Swine Fever, that
an expert in the field has called "an acquired immune deficiency syndrome
of pigs," because it produces symptoms that are so similar to those
of AIDS. African Swine Fever is caused by a virus, African Swine Fever
- Like AIDS, there is no treatment for African Swine Fever,
and no vaccine to prevent ASFV infection. When African Swine Fever is suspected
in a herd of pigs, the entire herd is slaughtered to prevent the spread
of the very contagious, deadly virus. Because of the vast economic implications
such slaughters of pig herds would have on U.S. agriculture, it is against
the law to study ASFV on mainland U.S.A. The only place where the virus
can be studied, by law, is the Plum Island Animal Disease Center on Plum
Island, off the shore of Long Island, New York.
- Similarities between the symptoms of ASF and AIDS --
as well as the fact that Haiti, one of the areas in which AIDS appeared
earliest, had recently had an ASFV epidemic -- caught the attention of
a young scientist in 1983. Dr. Jane Teas, who was working as a researcher
at Harvard, began collaborating with Boston University scientist Dr. John
Beldekas to try to figure out if ASFV could be causing AIDS.
- In 1986, Drs. Teas and Beldekas published a report in
the British medical journal The Lancet showing that they had found evidence
of ASFV infection in AIDS patients. But after that, the trail was stopped
cold, when a group of scientists gathered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (on Long Island) issued a memorandum that
no further research should be performed to test the ASFV hypothesis. Usually,
when a line of research proves not to be fruitful, scientists naturally
stop pursuing it; it was, however, unprecedented for a group of scientists
gathered by the government to declare that a line of research should no
longer be pursued. That is, however, exactly what the scientists gathered
by the USDA at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory did.
- Shortly thereafter, however, two research groups to whom
Dr. Teas and Dr. Beldekas had provided information and scientific materials
announced almost simultaneous discoveries of a "new" human virus,
found in AIDS patients: HHV-6.
- HHV-6 and ASFV are very similar viruses; they are the
same size, and they infect and kill the same kinds of cells. They both
cause bleeding problems (they are "hemorrhagic" viruses), and
both attack the immune system, allowing secondary (or "opportunistic")
infections to become fatal. They both cause neurological disease. Both
viruses mutate (change) easily.
- Furthermore, both HHV-6 and ASFV are characterized by
having many strains, or types, of virus. ASFV, it has been known for dec
ades, can cause a whole range of illness, from extremely acute (in which
100 percent of infected animals die within days) to chronic (in which animals
develop immune system and neurological symptoms, but generally survive).
- HHV-6, also, has many strains that can cause different
levels of disease, from an illness with mild fever and rash, to a fatal,
hemorrhagic disease in which the patient rapidly bleeds to death. HHV-6
can cause a collapse of the immune system, and is associated with many
kinds of neurological phenomena, including the development of brain lesions.
Like ASFV, HHV-6 is found in people with acute illness -- that is, AIDS
-- and chronic illness, CFS.
- Where did this new human virus come from?
- Is it a zoonosis, an animal virus that has mutated and
become capable of infecting humans?
- When Dr. Teas and Dr. Beldekas were trying to determine
if ASFV could be involved in causing AIDS, a major objection to the theory
was that pigs in the U.S. were not sick. If a pig virus were causing AIDS,
some experts argued, then shouldn't the pigs be sick?
- There is, in fact, a world-
- wide epidemic among domesticated pigs that bears a great
resemblance to African Swine Fever; it has been called "Mystery Swine
Disease." Although a "new" virus (called "Lelystadt
virus" for the city in which it was isolated) is thought to be causing
"Mystery Swine Disease," the new virus has not yet been compared
to all the strains of the old virus, ASFV.
- Lelystad virus also has not been compared to the new
human virus, HHV-6.
- One reason that there has been very little progress in
fighting both AIDS and CFS may be because HHV-6 is actually the virus that
is causing most, if not all, of the damage to the immune system in both
- If HHV-6 is causing the immune system damage in AIDS
and CFS and if HHV-6 is really a strain of ASFV, there is the very real
possibility that some scientists have deliberately misled the public.
- If government scientists are afraid to admit what HHV-6
really is and how widespread the immunological damage it causes is, then
the problem of ending the CFS epidemic may be as political as it is scientific.
- Presentations made at a conference jointly sponsored
by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the University
of Pittsburgh, "Considerations in the Design of Studies of Chronic
Fatigue Syndrome" (held September 15-16, 1988, in Pittsburgh), are
collected in Reviews of Infectious Diseases, Volume 13, Supplement 1, January-
- February 1991, University of Chicago Press. Another valuable
resource is the CFIDS Chronicle, published by the CFIDS Association in
Charlotte, North Carolina.
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